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A Fish Tale (2000)

Hjælp! Jeg er en fisk (original title)
Three children accidentally get turned into fish after drinking a potion made by an eccentric scientist. The kids end up in the sea, with one problem. They must find and drink the antidote within 48 hours, or forever remain as fish.

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Tracy J. Brown (additional dialogue and scenario) (as Tracy Brown), Stefan Fjeldmark (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Joe (voice)
Søren Sætter-Lassen ... Professor Mac Krill (voice)
Morten Kerrn Nielsen Morten Kerrn Nielsen ... Plum (voice)
Sebastian Jessen ... Svip (voice)
Pil Neja Pil Neja ... Stella (voice)
Louise Fribo Louise Fribo ... Sasha (voice)
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Krabben (voice)
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ... Hajen (voice)
Paprika Steen ... Moderen (voice)
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Tante Anna / Ålen (voice)
Zlatko Buric ... Buschauffør (voice)
Martin Brygmann Martin Brygmann ... Fladfisken (voice)
Peter Gantzler ... Faderen (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bateson ... The Crab / The Shark / Additional Voices (voice)
Garry Chalk ... Fish Waiting for Bus #3 (Flounder) (voice)
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Storyline

Siblings; Fly & Stella together with their child genius cousin Chuck Charles, encounter reclusive biologist/chemist Proffesor MacKrill/Mac Krell while out on the docks fishing only to become cut off by the tide coming in separating them from the shoreline. Seeking refuge, they stumble across his secluded island hideaway laboratory, to discover MacKrill/Mac Krell has found away to change humans into sea-life and back again. Stella mistaking this fish potion for lemonade drinks some and is turned into a starfish, her older brother none the wiser chucks her out into the ocean, only to learn from the video cameras the awful truth. Out searching for her in a boat guilty Fry knowing how futile this action is drinks the potion and dives in after her (changing into Californian Linefish in the process) leaving the Professor and Chuck on-board as an storm brews overhead. Unable to stand the batter waves, their craft sinks along with the antidote and Chuck has to drink the liquid to prevent ... Written by ???

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A Potion Put Them In The Ocean


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Germany | Ireland | Denmark | USA | France | Canada | UK | Spain | Estonia | Latvia

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

29 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£81,908 (United Kingdom), 12 August 2001, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital EX

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although originally released in 2000, the film was re-dubbed for English audiences, and released in 2006 with new packaging to capitalize on Shark Tale (2004). See more »

Goofs

The kids are all called fishes, but Fly and Sasha are the only fish in the group. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Fly: [skateboarding down the hall] Yee-haw! Going fishing!
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Alternate Versions

An (identical) German language version was produced simultaneously to the Danish one. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #39.7 (2008) See more »

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Performed by Patricia Kaas
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Surprisingly, this is still more credible than "Deep Blue Sea."
26 January 2003 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

"Help! I'm A Fish" is a Danish-Norwegian-German-Irish co-production with additional animation done in Spain, England and Bangkok, plus voice work (in the English-language version) done in the UK, Canada and the US. So it's a good advertisement for international cooperation, but as a movie it's less effective.

The actual story isn't bad (three stereotyped kids - a sporty lad, his cute little sister and their fat brainy cousin - go fishing, stumble into the lair of an eccentric scientist and, thanks to his special potion, turn into fishes (a flyfish, a starfish and a jellyfish respectively); and unless they can get the antidote within 48 hours they'll stay fishes forever), but the handling doesn't have the extra touch that could lift it into something great. As is often the case in live-action films, Alan Rickman livens things up no end as the voice [again, in the English-language version] of the movie's villain, a fish who drinks some of the antidote and wants to use his intelligence to take over the undersea world, or something... it's never really clear thanks to the script.

The animation's often quite good (but the opening titles of fish swimming clash with the first scenes with the human characters - the quality is a bit jarring), some scenes are genuinely effective such as the final faceoff between heroes and villains, and it's inoffensive - unless you consider montages set to Europop songs and the presence of American voices offensive (incidentally, why are the children voiced by Americans and their parents voiced by Canadians?) - but it's not really too memorable, either. "Help! I'm A Fish" is preferable to some Disney films and is certainly closer to a proper movie than other European animated features (at least I managed to get through this, which is more than can be said for "Millionaire Dogs"), but while it's not fair to expect "The Little Mermaid," ultimately it's not nearly as cute and endearing as... well, that Little Trees song you hear over the credits.

"I'm a little yellow fish in the deep blue sea... won't somebody save me?"


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